Thursday, April 19, 2007
Madonna met her adopted son David's father for the first time in Malawi yesterday. The pop superstar had tears in her eyes as Yohane, 32, saw his son. Madonna and her film director husband Guy Ritchie gained temporary custody of David last October. The star spent 30 minutes at the Home of Hope orphanage - where David had been living before he was taken to his new home in the UK.
Orphanage worker Chimbutus told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "David just grabbed his father's hair and just laughed and laughed. Madonna told Yohane that she was proud to be a mother to his son and that Yohane was part of the family. There were tears in both their eyes." Madonna, 48 - who travelled to Malawi with 18-month-old David and her daughter Lourdes, ten - also revealed she was thinking of buying the orphanage.
Addressing a classroom of children at the home, she said: "I might take over the orphanage because the pastor here is getting old and about to retire. I love you and I have all your welfare at heart." The star pledged to "help Malawi" if the locals would support her in doing so. According to reports, the singer is using the trip to adopt a little girl. Chimbutus said Madonna met and cuddled several orphans, and seemed drawn to a six-year-old girl called Wezzie. She also spent time with Chisomo, two, the little girl she had considered adopting before meeting David on her first visit.
However, the singer is said to have her heart set on a three-year-old girl called Grace who is being cared for at a different orphanage. A source revealed: "It was always Madonna's intention to adopt two orphans, a boy and a girl. Grace is healthy, stunning and has no living relatives."